Updated on June 9, 2015 Dorsi Diaz moreContact Author Is Renting Out A Room For You? So if you are here because you are thinking about renting out a room in your home, I have some helpful advice for you on things to consider when sharing your home. I learned a lot about being a landlord, room-mate and friend last year when I rented out 2 rooms in my home to friends of my son. It was an interesting year, to say the least! Since I have been used to having other people in my home for quite sometime, this was no new experience, but renting out rooms to them was. One thing I can say is that during this time I certainly learned a lot about the younger generation – their music, likes and dislikes plus a few other things I can’t even begin to tell you about! First off, I would have drafted a rental agreement with all the standard rental terms like real renters do.
Like I said, make sure you draft up a regular rental agreement, in writing, with all the terms laid out, just like anyone else would. Even if it’s your best friend, do it ! You don’t want anyone misunderstanding what you expect of them as a renter and what they expect from you as a landlord and room-mate. Have specific rules about storage – do you offer storage or does the renter also need to find a storage facility in addition to renting a room from you? Have rules about the food! I can’t stress this enough! Make house rules just like you do in any family – about doing dishes, taking out the trash, so on and so forth. This needs to be spelled out – otherwise YOU may end doing all of the above. Have definite written rules about noise and what’s OK and what’s not OK. Have definite written rules about visitors, and overnighters.
Looking back at last year with my young room-mates, I actually have to say that I learned quite a bit about other people and making compromises. So is renting out a room or sharing your home for everyone? Get it on all in writing! I live with my elderly mom 83 who acts about 50 and we have a friend who we know has problems she’s 37, lost her kids to her parents, and has no where to go.. So we set an agreement with her to pay 300 a month and she moved in. This was a week ago and she has only spent two nights here . This is a small town and we live in a nice quiet neighborhood and its been a different man every morning bringing her home. And believe me our neighbors watch everything and I don’t particurely want my mom to be exposed to this kind of behavior. But what do I do she’s 37 and I’m not her mother? I’ve tried Craigslist – what a scam.
The people contacting me are bogus and had one guy who I did a background check on and seemed great until I showed him my home – he said he definitely wanted it and I sent him the rental agreement. He emailed me the next day that he thought he could get out of his current lease but the leasing agent told him that he needed to pay three months to get out. He told me he understood if I needed to continue looking, but that he felt a connection with me, and hoped he could stay in touch. They whould have property managers out there who help find roommates. They do all the background and leg work. I’d be happy to pay the fee. Thanks for reading DS. If you read ‘The bedsit blog’, you will understand why now even having a cup of tea or a sandwich whenever I feel like it is a luxury to me.
From experience, I would NEVER be a private landlord, I couldn’t handle the hassle, saying that, some landlords gave Rachman a good name. You need to check the laws out for your locality and Country where you are renting. That would be up to the owner of the house, and should take into consideration the other renters. An owner should care about the people he places together, IMHO. You can pay for background checks. I always rent to people I know. Another serious question: If I rent out a room to someone I just met, what data should I get from them, in case I come home one day and they’ve disappeared with my belongings? Serious question, is/should a person who is on parole (not probation) be allowed to rent a room out in his house? You mean they returned the whole amount to you? Yes there usually is – depending on where you live.